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fourlakesheather 11-12-2007 05:39 PM

Has anyone ever used this service before? Are they legit? Thinking that if something seems too good to be true it probably is....but just wondering if the experienced out there know anything that mibght be helpful. Thanks!

fourlakesheather 11-12-2007 05:39 PM

Has anyone ever used this service before? Are they legit? Thinking that if something seems too good to be true it probably is....but just wondering if the experienced out there know anything that mibght be helpful. Thanks!

Dwayne 11-12-2007 07:03 PM

Welcome to Cruise-Chat!

All I can say is that it doesn't make sense. They are advertising Carnival cruises for less than CCL's system has them listed. Then giving free airfare and transfers. Sounds too good to be true to me. I didn't go far enough to put in any personal info. I would also like if anyone has booked through them to post.

Dwayne

TrvlPro 11-12-2007 07:44 PM

Hi fourlakesheather,

Welcome to Cruise-Chat! Since I have never heard of the site before and I'm in the industry, I decided to go to the site and check it out. The first thing that struck me is that there is no phone number anywhere on the site. even when you click on the "Contact Us" tab it generates a fill in the blank email format with no phone, name or email address to anyone specific with the company.

I thought perhaps I was being overly skeptical and proceeded to perform a mock booking online using fictitious info other than a real email address because I want to lay eyes on whatever they may send as follow up info. The second red flag was when I arrived at the payment taking screen. There was no box to allow for a credit card (which can be disputed and often reversed in cases of fraud). No PayPal option, common on reputable online only purchase sites like EBay and others. The only tab that appeared was a Western Union, CashGram option. You have to pay with something that has no protection in case of fraud.

I'm an agent for an online agency I'm proud to work for. I know of other online agencies that are reputable as well. Not accusing, not saying it's a fraud, not implying that these possibly suspicious things are cause for alarm but I do think they are cause for concern and more digging before you pass any of your hard earned dollars their way.

Perhaps someone here has had experience with them and can tell you of those experiences.

Cheers, Neil

TrvlPro 11-12-2007 08:21 PM

If it is legit, I and every other T/A in the world is out of a job soon because there is no way to provide free air from air gateways all over the world for free with a $500. cruise fare. The math just doesn't work.

Jim C. 11-12-2007 08:48 PM

fourlakesheather-

I deleted the website address from your title. Based on what Dwayne and Neil found out about your questioned website I did not want anyone going there and being scammed.

Since you are brand new to Cruise-chat, I can't be sure that you are not invloved ad trying to get some free web site advertising. (I don't think you are, but you can't be too careful)

You already got great advice from both Dwayne and Neil.. steer very clear of any website that only allows payment via "cash" methods. You may as well just throw your money out the window as you are driving down the road...

If you are NOT one of the scammers.. then you are most welcome here at cruise chat.

gdjoslin 11-12-2007 09:30 PM

I wonder if there is a place to forward that address to. Perhaps some agency should be alerted before more get scanned.

fourlakesheather 11-12-2007 09:54 PM

thanks for the info to those who responded. Like I mentioned, I have not ever taken a cruise before and so I don't really know what to look for in terms of pricing, etc.. Just trying to find a fun, warm Christmastime trip for the family that won't cost us a fortune. I'm still doing research -- haven't found them on scam.com but I also haven't found anyone who has used them either. I guess we'll probably end up having a white christmas after all. Thanks again. If I find anything out, I'll post and let you all know.

Sandy 11-12-2007 10:44 PM

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I'm still doing research -- haven't found them on scam.com but I also haven't found anyone who has used them either. I guess we'll probably end up having a white christmas after all. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Not necessarily, four. You can talk to an experienced cruise selling travel agent, who will work hard to get you the best deal, and who is reputable and will not scam you.

Sandy

penny3333 11-13-2007 06:20 AM

The week of Christmas and New Years cruise prices nearly double. If you go a week earlier or a week later, you'll get some great prices. If you don't mind Santa being a little late or a little early, you could have a great white sand vacation with warm ocean breezes and beautaiful blue water. Like Sandy said, a good TA who is a cruise specialist can make it happen. Best wishes!


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